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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Indiana Bicentennial Train Indiana Bicentennial Train

The Indiana Bicentennial Train consists of three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars and features a free traveling exhibition, The Next Indiana, which explores the state’s past through the lenses of transportation, land use, talent and community. In addition, temporary “depots” are set up at each of 16 venues around the state for visitors to participate in hands-on activities, catch a 1916 interpreter presentation and engage in a community creativity space.

As the Train travels from 2013 through 2016, it will celebrate the state Bicentennial over four years and provide an historical-grounded platform for both local and statewide celebrations. During the run, the Train will reach over 50,000 visitors in 16 towns and cities across Indiana. The Bicentennial Train and its accompanying activities are all free and open to the public for three days at each host site. School field trips to the Train are encouraged through mailings from the Indiana Historical Society that describe how a visit to the Train is tied to the Indiana Academic Standards.